2020 WWE Royal Rumble matches, card, start time, rumors, participants, PPV predictions, date, location

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We're all eagerly anticipating the opportunity to journey down the road to WrestleMania, and thankfully, we've reached the starting point as the Royal Rumble has finally arrived. Sunday night, both the men's and women's 30-competitor Royal Rumble matches will take the spotlight as two world championship opportunities at WrestleMania will be up for grabs. In addition to the customary Royal Rumble matches, the stacked card also features a universal championship match where "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt will defend the title against Daniel Bryan in a strap match. 

The 2020 WWE Royal Rumble main card is set to begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on the WWE Network. The kickoff show, which generally features a couple matches to get things rolling, will begin two hours prior at 5 p.m. 

Let's have a look now at what we can expect from the 2020 WWE Royal Rumble card as the Road to WrestleMania in Tampa on Sunday, April 5 opens up wide. 

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WWE Royal Rumble 2020 matches

Men's Royal Rumble match: As with every year's Royal Rumble throughout the years, expect the top stars on the roster and a few surprises from the past as well as even NXT competitors to hit the ring. As usual, the winner will earn the right to choose which world champion they will face at WrestleMania 36. Confirmed entrants (26/30): Brock Lesnar (No. 1), Roman Reigns, King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Elias, Rey Mysterio, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Otis, Tucker, Rusev, Bobby Lashley, Aleister Black, Buddy Murphy, Braun Strowman, Shinsuke Nakamura, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Kofi Kingston, Big E, The Miz, John Morrison

Women's Royal Rumble match: 2020 will be the third time the women of WWE have had their own Royal Rumble match. Similar to the men, there will be the expected big names and a few surprises along the way. Asuka won in 2018 and Becky Lynch won in 2019, and now we're ready to see who will make themselves third on that short list. Confirmed entrants (8/30): Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Natalya, Sarah Logan, Mandy Rose, Carmella, Dana Brooke

Universal Championship -- "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Daniel Bryan (Strap match): Bryan earned another shot at Wyatt and the universal title when he defeated The Miz and Baron Corbin on the Dec. 27 edition of SmackDown. After Bryan had duped Wyatt with the help of Team Hell No running mate Kane on the Jan. 17 edition of SmackDown, Bryan laid down the gauntlet and called for this rematch to be a strap match. 

Raw Women's Championship -- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Asuka: The story of Lynch's self-doubt being largely linked to her inability to overcome Asuka when the two have clashed led Lynch to the rare role of a champion seeking out a match from the challenger. Now, she'll get a chance to earn the retribution she seeks when this much-anticipated rematch occurs in Houston. 

SmackDown Women's Championship -- Bayley (c) vs. Lacey Evans: While Evans' face turn hasn't made complete sense and doesn't fit the character that has been developed for months, it's clear a showdown with Bayley is the plan for her. Bayley and Sasha Banks have tormented Evans, including mocking her young daughter during the Dec. 20 edition of SmackDown, adding some extra spice to the match. Evans defeated Bayley clean on a recent episode of SmackDown, earning herself a shot at the title in Houston. 

Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin (Falls count anywhere match): These two aren't done with each other after Corbin's win through the use of overwhelming numbers at TLC. Reigns threw down the challenge for another singles match on the Jan. 10 edition of SmackDown, getting a quick acceptance from Corbin before both men enter the Royal Rumble match later in the night. After a win over Robert Roode on SmackDown in a tables match, Reigns was allowed to choose a stipulation for this match, and his decision was to beat Corbin around the baseball stadium in a falls count anywhere affair. 

United States Championship -- Andrade (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo: In his pursuit of the United States title, Andrade managed to win a gauntlet match to become No. 1 contender. In the course of the win, Andrade exposed the ringside concrete before hitting Carrillo with a Hammerlock DDT, taking him out of action for weeks. Andrade defeated Rey Mysterio to win the title, and now Carrillo is looking to make him pay for his actions in his return to the ring at Royal Rumble.

Sheamus vs. Shorty G: Upon his return to action, Sheamus immediately set his sights on Shorty G after weeks of calling the entire roster soft. Following a pull-apart brawl between the two on an episode of SmackDown, the one-on-one encounter for Houston was made official. 

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